Age no barrier for Southern Man

Southern man competitor Karl Barkley.

Karl Barkley is 25 years older than some of the other contestants in the Southern Man competition.

Harvester reduces accidents

Kelly Logging's ClimbMAX tree harvestor in action in Marlborough.

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

No live sheep to Mexico

Scenes like this last year as 45,000 ewe hoggets were loaded on trucks after they arrived in Mexico will not re-occur this season.

Controversial shipment of live NZ sheep to Mexico won't be repeated this year but not because of welfare concerns.

No fine for cows in lake

Fish and Game posted this photograph on Twitter of cattle getting "free access" to Canterbury's Lake Taylor.

Warning only for high-profile owners of cattle seen in lake after ECan finds "a few cow pats on the shore".

Springboard to new career

New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Simon Bailey, with heading dog Scoot, lying down, and huntaway Jet.

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

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opinion

Dairy farmers under no illusions of year ahead

Dairy farmers are digging in for a tough road ahead.

OPINION: Chris Lewis takes stock of a frustrating dairy season.

Research backs smaller Fonterra board

OPINION: International research shows that smaller boards have achieved bigger returns for its shareholders.

Pleasing mating performance at Owl Farm

Milk price and trade closely linked

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Dairy award nominations open

West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne was the 2015 Dairy Woman of the Year.

Nominations for the 2016 Dairy Women's Network awards have opened.

Springboard to new career

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Aviation levy will hit farmers

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

advice

Help available from TRC to protect waterways

Riparian planting protects a stream on a Taranaki farm from nutrient run-off.

New Zealand's clean, green and unpolluted status is invaluable.

Sheep farms halve

Will the iconic New Zealand sheep farm become a thing of the past in South Canterbury?

Parched paddocks near Waikari, North Canterbury. Dry conditions are one of the chief concerns for farmers.

Down on the farm

A Federated Farmers survey shows confidence at a low level.

aquaculture

Fish farm application alarms residents

Okiwi Bay, with D'Urville Island in the distance.

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

Treat for oyster lovers in Auckland

Organisers of the Auckland Seafood Festival say the New Zealand shellfish are as different as individual wines.

Recreational fishing will be enhanced in the Marlborough Sounds by a ban on commercial fin fishing, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy.

Marine park meetings next week

"People will be able to draw their own conclusions and ask if this is good for Marlborough, and what does the region really want?"

beef

Aviation levy will hit farmers

An aerial topdressing plane applies fertiliser in the Awatere Valley in the South Island.

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

Cricket game planned on Marlborough dry lake bed

The driest summer in 86 years in Marlborough had caused Lake Elterwater, a protected wildlife reserve 40 kilometres south of Blenheim, to dry out.

New Zealand Farmers Livestock agent Simon Bailey, with heading dog Scoot, lying down, and huntaway Jet.

Springboard to new career

Smedley Station's top 2015 cadet has returned to Taranaki to work as a livestock agent. 

Sheep

$22.1m research into strong wool

Once the backbone of the economy, wool has declined in value to the New Zealand economy but efforts are being made to lift its game.

A collaboration between private enterprise and government aims to turn around the flagging wool industry.

Aviation levy will hit farmers

Agricultural aviators are up in arms at proposals to impose a safety levy on their operations.

Trevor McCall, of Charlton near Gore, with one of his south suffolk rams at Southern Field Days in Waimumu.

Veteran exhibitor stoked at field days video

Trevor McCall remembers exhibiting his sheep at the inaugural Southern Field Days.

cropping

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Farmers welcome TPPA signing

Farmers see more than trade benefits arising from this week's TPP signing in Auckland.

Mike Porter of Lyalldale: Full cultivation wasn't sustainable and it was time to stop.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

agribusiness

BNZ invests in Figured

The BNZ has taken a cornerstone stake in New Zealand farm accountancy company Figured.

5:11 PM  The BNZ has invested in internet-based accountancy company Figured.

Tree harvester reduces accidents

A new machine is revolutionising tree harvesting and gaining North American interest.

Livestock Improvement Corporation expects to be in a break even position by the end of the financial year.

LIC half year results hurt by low milk price

Livestock Improvement Corporation posts dip in half year profit and revenue as farmers keep a tight grip on spending in the milk price slump.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

Forlongs' customers share memories

Frankton shoppers spanning a few generations remember doing business with Forlongs.

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